The new issue of The World Today features articles looking ahead to the Rio+20 conference this month; an interview with Carl Bildt; and Heribert Dieter on why Angela Merkel won’t bail out the profligate countries of Europe.

The magazine leads with an article by Research Director Bernice Lee on the need for a more collaborative approach to resource policy. She says that ‘Fractured politics and policies on energy and food are a faultline that derails politics around the world.’ Addressing the immense environmental challenges facing China, Isabel Hilton reports that there is a growing recognition within the central government of the need to get the country on a more sustainable path.

Elsewhere, former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt speaks to editor Alan Philps about the importance of austerity measures in Europe, arguing that ‘The countries that have not been following stringent fiscal policies are the ones with problems.’ Of the European leaders struggling to contain the crisis, BBC Newsnight’s Paul Mason says the Euro elite are suffering from the same inability to imagine failure that led to the First World War.

Further afield, Talal Nizammedin, a researcher at the American University of B eirut, explores why Russia is continuing to protect Syria and sees long-term implications of this policy for President Putin's leadership. Author Uki Goni says that after nine years of stability in his native Argentina, 'the makings of political and economic turmoil are bubbling up again.'

Finally, with the summer's major sporting events coming into view, Orysia Lutsevych reports on the spectre of tyranny hanging over Ukraine, while Mihir Bose describes how the Corinthian spirit of the Olympic Games has given way to a tightly controlled franchise.

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